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Wayne A. Gillett Sr.

Wayne A. Gillett Sr., 97, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, at his residence in Franklin.

He was born Nov. 25, 1916, in Rensselaer to Ray Alvin and Mabel (Raines) Gillett.

He married Patricia Ann (Miller) Gillett on Jan. 4, 1948. She lovingly survives in Franklin.

Wayne also is survived by a son, Wayne A. “Bud” Gillett Jr. of Dallas; two daughters, Melanie (Karl) Sublett of Louisville, Ky., and Paula (Barry) Springer of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; grandchildren, Patrick Lee Dennis II, Sean Ryan Dennis, Meg Williams and Erin Williams; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in passing by his parents; a sister, Aloyce Gillett Mendenhall; and four brothers, William and Harold Gillett; and two infant brothers.

He was a graduate of Whiteland High School. Wayne was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946, during World War II.

Wayne and Hubert “Pop” Mullendore co-founded the Franklin Flying Field, south of Franklin.

He retired after many years of service as a sales and service supervisor with Skelly Oil.

He was a member of Providence Christian Church. He was also a member of Union Village Masonic Lodge No. 545 F&AM, Fort Wayne Valley of the Scottish Rite and the Mizpah Shrine in Fort Wayne. He was a former member of Cedar Creek Lions Club and the Whiteland Kiwanis.

The Rev. Charles Stanley will conduct a service following the Masonic service at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Kresge Chapel of Indiana Masonic Home, 690 S. State St., Franklin. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the chapel. Burial will be at Harris Cemetery in Union Township, where military honors will be conducted by the Franklin American Legion Post No. 205.

Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home in Franklin is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Providence Christian Church,

4080 W. County Road 100N, Bargersville, IN 46106.

Online condolences may be made at www.flinnmaguire.net.

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